Up, Up and Away!

Dunkin’ surprised many in New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, when it stepped into the breach to become the 2019 sponsor of the New Mexico Balloon Fiesta after former sponsor Piñon Coffee decided not to sponsor the colorful event this year. The Dunkin’ marketing team moved quickly and locked up the event. Although the sponsorship…

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Independent Joe #57 August/September 2019

 The idea of a Hall of Fame has its roots in Norse Mythology, but it was really brought to fruition with Ludwig I, who was the King of Bavaria, in 1842. He commissioned the building of a memorial called Walhalla to hold plaques and statues honoring great Germans. The Hall of Fame for Great…

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Government That Governs Least – Not!

In the catalogue of government overreach, or nanny-state actions of late, we’d hasten to submit Oregon at the state level and old favorite San Francisco in the local community category. Just a few weeks ago, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law Senate bill 1019, which provides that beginning in the year 2024, all eggs…

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California Codifying “ABC Test”?

The California state senate is closing in on final consideration of AB-5, which will codify the Dynamex decision of the California Supreme Court. That decision, rendered in early 2018, established the “ABC Test” for determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor as opposed to the historically-accepted Economic Realities Test. Whereas the…

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Fine-tuning Annual Paid Time Off

Maine became the first state to mandate annual paid time off for private employees when the Governor signed the legislation back in May. The state of Nevada became the second shortly thereafter, when Governor Steve Sisolak signed the Nevada version into law two weeks thereafter. The Maine bill, which applies to businesses with more than…

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Stretching the Family (Leave) Unit

There continues to be much movement in a number of states on the paid family leave front, but the state of Oregon is moving the needle much further with an expansive definition of family members. Oregon Governor Kate Brown will be signing House Bill 2005 into law later today (scheduled for 11:15 AM PDT). Once…

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Heading To the Ballot?

Speaking of minimum wage increase proposals, advocates in two states are aiming to put a minimum wage increase question on the ballot for voters to decide. First, in Florida, attorney John Morgan, who has been spearheading an effort to increase the state minimum wage (currently $8.46/hour), claimed this week that he had collected over a…

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California Expands Paid Family Leave

File under the heading: Is enough ever enough? Shortly before the July 4 holiday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the state budget into law which re-established an individual insurance mandate. What we didn’t know at the time though, was that it also expanded the Golden State Paid Family Leave (PFL) program, effective July, 2020. The…

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New Laws Set For Late July – August

As we advised a few weeks ago, there are an array of new laws taking effect over these summer months and we want to be sure that you are aware of the impending changes. So, those of you with business interests in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, North Dakota, Washington and Texas may want to keep reading.…

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ObamaCare, California-style

It may be effectively neutered at the federal level, but the California legislature just put the individual mandate back on the books when it passed SB 78, legislation that authorizes the taxing of California citizens who do not purchase health insurance and Governor Gavin Newsom signed it into law last Friday. The new law essentially…

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